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Tackling challenges of education and health together

We all too often tackle challenges in distinct fields separately, but America is experiencing challenges in education and health that could be tackled together in ways that are mutually beneficial and cost-effective. The good news is that one proven model already exists.

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How tests make us smarter

Tests have a bad reputation in education circles these days. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

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It's time to scrutinize Common Core standards through rigorous review process

Common Core does deserve close scrutiny. However, it deserves to be examined in light of specific goals that may exist on the state level.

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A better way to market school lunch programs

When schools made healthy foods more convenient and attractive, research shows not only does fruit and vegetable waste return to pre-guideline levels, but also more kids buy lunch.

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Pa. needs to fix the way it pays for its public schools

Pennsylvania's state leaders must do more to provide transparency and assurance that basic education funding will support every community's schools well and through a fair, predictable basic education funding formula.

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Graduates experience loss of direction

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

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Will Pioneer Institute knock out Common Core?

Four years ago, when 44 states had adopted the K12 curriculum standards, the whole thing seemed quiet and inevitable. Today, resistance is everywhere. Pioneer Institute has a national profile as the brains of the Common Core opposition. The institute might well succeed in its effort to knock out the Common Core. But if that happens, what comes next for education?

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School standards, curricula aren't the same

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

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Families expected to spend more on school items this year

Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey.

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How a 'pop-up museum' is getting kids excited about math

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? One way is by making math hands-on, interactive and, yes, even fun. Children learn by playing, so we need to let them play with mathematical concepts.

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